Nyamyam is an indie studio comprised largely of former Rare developers. The studio is currently working on an upcoming game entitled Tengami, a beautiful adventure game with a unique popup-book art direction. Founding member, Jennifer Schneidereit recently sat down to have a chat with Shack News regarding Nyamyam's reasoning behind their choices on Tengami's aesthetic.
In addition to its popup book style, Tengami also took inspiration from the art of Japanese fables. Schneidereit mentions that after choosing to go with a popup book aesthetic, they began researching cultural histories which were rich in paper-making, and eventually settled on the culture of Japan:
She also points to the willingness of Japanese fables to be dark and their nuanced ideas about good and evil as other contributing factors towards Tengami's gorgeous art direction.
"Japan has a long tradition in handmade papers and, since all of us at Nyamyam love traditional Japanese culture, we started to experiment with different Japanese papers until we arrived at the current look of the game." -- Jennifer Schneidereit
CEO Ted Price of Insomniac Games, the studio responsible for the Ratchet & Clank series as well as the PlayStation 1 Spyro The Dragon titles, recently did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. He was asked about his thoughts regarding next generation consoles: Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox (Infinite?). Price's response may strike a nerve with some; here it is:
“Wii-U is something I'd consider more current gen - but we're not working on games for it,” Price wrote. “When it comes to PS4 I'm excited that they seem to be lowering barriers for independent developers. It's cool to see almost weekly announcements from Sony explaining how they're opening things up for indies. And of course I'm very excited to see what Microsoft announces soon.” -- Ted price
Regardless of the obvious--Wii U is technically a next generation console--responses like these do not inspire confidence. I guess we can put down "Insomniac Games" on the list of third party developers not bothering with Wii U games. Let's hope Nintendo's major first party titles launching later this year can kick start Wii U sales and, by extension, third party support.
Nintendo's site opened an official Wii U Virtual Console page. The image on the left is part of a gigantic banner across the top of the site's layout. You can see many games already available on the Wii U Virtual Console, such as Super Mario World and F-Zero. However, the image also shows off the Xevious logo.
Using this logic, it's safe to say Xevious will be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America in the near future. The game was already released digitally in Japan, and a 3D Classic version of the title is available in the 3DS eShop.
It's not surprising to see the game come to the Wii U Virtual Console, but it's another edition to the digital store. Here's to hoping more classics arrive in a timely fashion. Will you be buying any Wii U VC games?
"I think everything we do sucks."That seems direct and to the point! To see what else he had to say, hit the jump.
It seems that during a developer interview with CI Games, a question game up regarding the next Xbox's features. One of which that has gained a lot of fuzz between gamers is that the console must be "always on" to play games. Meaning that if you don't have internet connected with your console and you want to play games, you simply can't. He also had something to say about not being able to play pre-owned games on your console.
"What do I think? Very brave, so to speak, decision from Microsoft. Still, the question is whether or not somebody had to do it sooner or later. I'm not personally worried about it myself because as a player it's doable at my home..."
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The recently announced Legend of Zelda title isn’t Nintendo’s only “link to the past”. On the seventeenth of April a plethora of new 3DS games were revealed to the public, yet almost all of them were recreations of existing concepts.
Why haven’t there been any compelling new ideas for games recently? How come, despite increasingly advanced technology and gaming innovations Nintendo constantly reverts back to existing franchises?
To put it simply, it’s because they work. These are the games that are going to bring fans crawling back searching for more. Existing franchises with an established fan base are the safest way to create fun and interesting games without the risk of losing money.
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Rising indie developer AckkStudios is developing an upcoming game called Two Brothers, an action RPG designed to feel like a classic Game Boy game. We at Gamnesia had the chance to speak to Andrew Allanson, who served as the producer and leading composer and on the game's staff, about a wide variety of subjects. Areas of focus in this interview including the design of the game, challenges introducing gamers to Two Brothers' new ideas, and the relationship between plot and gameplay. Read the full interview to see why you should be as excited as we are excited about Two Brothers.
Producer Rey Jimenez recently sat down with Destructoid to discuss their collaboration with WayForward on making the HD Remastering of DuckTales and Jimenez couldn't have been happier with the way things worked out.
“Disney actually suggested WayForward. In my mind, WayForward was just the perfect match. They handled practically all of the production side like pros. The game has been in development for around a year, and we would love to work with them again... retro or otherwise.”
It's nice to see when a partnership works out in the end and hopefully Jimenez will get his wish one day. You can read more about what Jimenez had to say over at Destructoid's interview with him. DuckTales HD is currently aimed at a Summer 2013 release later this year, so be sure to set a bit of cash aside until this hit classic is released once more!
ABC News had a chance to sit down with Shigeru Miyamoto, who has been making a media trip the last few weeks likely to keep Nintendo in the news. For the most part nothing new is really revealed here compared to some of the more in-depth interviews a couple weeks ago, however one interesting tidbit was brought up: A Nintendo Theme Park.
Q: "Nintendo Land" very much teased us, and everyone wants to actually go to Nintendo Land in person. Have you ever been approached about a Mario theme-park, or is that ever something you would consider in real life?So, don't expect anything anytime soon, but if the Wii U and 3DS see massive success, who knows!
A: Certainly, with Nintendo being in the entertainment industry, there may come some point in the future where that might become a possibility. But right now we've got our hands full creating our digital products. Certainly, it's not an impossibility.
Hello Battlefield fans, I'm sure you're excited for the recently announced Battlefield 4 title, but more so for when it will be released, supposedly later this year in Fall.
According to a leaked pre-order art piece, promoting pre-order dog-tags, Battlefield 4 will come out later this year during Fall, which given how shooters are usually announced in the year they're released in, isn't all that unlikely. But of course, this is just a rumor for the time being and the artwork could be fake.
In other related news, a song supposedly from Battlefield 4 can be found and is called "Hanna's Theme," suggest female soldiers will be in Battlefield 4. A leaked image of Origin Russia also suggest Battlefield 4 will have a beta available to all Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers. Be sure to hop inside for a larger image of the supposedly leaked artwork!